Let’s All Go To The Lobby

Musings on Film, TV & Games

New site is a go …

So please visit http://www.letsallgotothelobby.co.uk from now on and please update your bookmarks. We’ve also got a Facebook fanpage and Twitter feed (linked from new site)

27/12/2009 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Site Move

I’ve decided to have a good go at the site over Xmas. Push it more, try and get more people involved and make more of it.  Starting with a move to its own domain. Make sure you update your bookmarks to http://www.letsallgotothelobby.co.uk.  The site is presently in maintenance mode while I get it up and running. I’ll also be having a dedicated Lets All Go To The Lobby twitter and facebook fan page. Expect the site to go live sometime on the 23rd December, or possibly the 24th after I’ve seen Avatar IMAX 3D and will be using the review to launch the site.

17/12/2009 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Harry Brown

Synopsis: Set in modern-day Britain, HARRY BROWN follows one man’s (Sir Michael Caine) journey through a chaotic world where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets. A modest law-abiding citizen, Harry Brown is a retired Marine and a widower who lives alone on a depressed housing estate. His only company is his best friend Leonard (David Bradley). When Leonard is murdered by a gang of thugs, Harry feels compelled to act and is forced to dispense his own brand of justice. As he bids to clean up the run-down estate where he lives, his actions bring him into conflict with the police, led by investigating officer DCI Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and Charlie Creed-Miles.

Harry Brown is a seriously dark, disturbing piece of film making, very mature and adult in its content with some excellent performances but not exactly the easiest film to watch, read more for the full review …..

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25/11/2009 Posted by | Film Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lack of posts

I apologise for the lack of posts recently. Real life commitments are over running my time and will be for the foreseeable future. Hopefully I’ll carry on with the site sometime when I have more time, but there won’t be much posted this side of Christmas.

25/11/2009 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

Lost Final Season: Air Date

We’ve finally got the long awaiting air date for the final season of Lost on ABC and it is Tuesday, 2nd February 2010. Hopefully Sky will follow shortly after in the UK.

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20/11/2009 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Timeless 50 Results Coming Soon

The Timeless 50 scheme at http://www.timeless50.com/ will be announcing the results tomorrow. Make sure you get your names down for the competitions as well.

20/11/2009 Posted by | General | , | Leave a comment

Moon DVD & BD Release details

moon BDComing Monday, this excellent low budget film comes to DVD and BD, details below:

A taut, psychological sci-fi film in the style of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the critically acclaimed MOON debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ on 16 November, 2009, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Marking the directorial debut of Duncan Jones, MOON is a gripping sci-fi thriller which stars Sam Rockwell (Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Frost/Nixon) and features the voice of two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects, 1995; Best Actor, American Beauty, 1999). Blending wonderfully old-school science fiction with incredibly prescient themes, MOON is a blistering experience and Jones’ debut marks the arrival of a genuinely exciting new British talent. Also included is Duncan Jones’ short sci-fi film Whistle, about a man with a refined skill to predict human behavior who is torn between his work and his family in this melancholy tale about the future of assassination. MOON has been nominated for four Spike TV Scream Awards, and was the winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It was also included in the official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Synopsis

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with the mining company, Lunar, for whom he has been a faithful employee for three long years. His home has been Sarang, a moon base where he has spent his days alone mining Helium 3, the precious gas that holds the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. Isolated and determined, Sam has followed the rules obediently and his time on the moon has been enlightening but uneventful. He does his job mechanically and spends most of his time dreaming of his imminent return to earth, his wife and young daughter. Finally he will have someone to talk to beyond “Gerty”, the base’s well-intentioned, but rather uncomplicated computer.

Two weeks shy of his departure from Sarang, Sam starts seeing and hearing things and when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar has its own plans for replacing him and that the new recruit is eerily familiar. Now Sam has to confront the discovery that the life he has created may not be his own.

DVD Special Features:
• Commentary with writer / director Duncan Jones, director of photography Gary Shaw, concept designer Gavin Rothery and production designer Tony Noble
• Commentary with writer / director Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegen
• Whistle – a short film by Duncan Jones
• The Making Of Moon featurette
• GERTY Table Tennis Easter Egg
• Creating the Visual Effects featurette
• Science Centre Q&A with Duncan Jones featurette
• Filmmakers Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival featurette
Blu-ray Special Features:
• Commentary with writer / director Duncan Jones, director of photography Gary Shaw, concept designer Gavin Rothery and production designer Tony Noble
• Commentary with writer / director Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegen
• Whistle – a short film by Duncan Jones
• The Making Of Moon featurette
• GERTY Table Tennis Easter Egg
• Creating the Visual Effects featurette
• Science Centre Q&A with Duncan Jones featurette
• Filmmakers Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival featurette

Check out the Moon website

Also check out some interview footage with the Director here

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13/11/2009 Posted by | DVD & BluRay Releases | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bullet Review: The Tournament

the-tournament1 Synopsis: Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Quick Review: Every so often a film comes along that you know is dumb, you know is stupid, but is just good fun to turn off your brain and watch without any thinking. Something that is just plain escapism. Shoot Em Up was one such film, The Tournament is another. This is very much a Battle Royale type film, infact it is clearly a Battle Royale remake but with enough changes not to be a rip off and set in Middlesbrough of all places. The Tournament is a high violence film, scene one makes that very clear as blood, guts and heads are exploding and spread everywhere. People are killed in a variaty of ways by the assassin players of the game and it seemingly is try to make the next kill bigger and better.  Plot wise, well, its has one, just, very simple and is just there to string along the action as is the character ‘development’. The film though is solely about the action and just being daft fun. If you want to watch a film where you can totally switch off, give it a go.

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12/11/2009 Posted by | Film Reviews | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Fantastic Mr Fox

mrfoxStop motion animation from Wes Anderson, bringing Roald Dahls wonderful book fully to life.

Synopsis: It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try “just one more raid” on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends.

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Review: The Triangle

Brit director Chris Smith (Creep, Severance) brings us a twisty turny paranoid mystery film set on a deserted ocean liner and starring Melissa George ….

Synopsis: When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she’s been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone… Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror.

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05/11/2009 Posted by | Film Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment